Section 9 in The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005

Title: Disentitlement to receive unemployment allowance in certain circumstances

Description: An applicant who— (a) does not accept the employment provided to his household under a Scheme; or (b) does not report for work within fifteen days of being notified by the Programme Officer or the implementing agency to report for the work; or (c) continuously remains absent from work, without obtaining a permission from the concerned implementing agency for a period of more than one week or remains absent for a total period of more than one week in any month,shall not be eligible to claim the unemployment allowance payable under this Act for a period of three months but shall be eligible to seek employment under the Scheme at any time.

Title: Central Employment Guarantee Council

Description: (1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification specify, there shall be constituted a Council to be called the Central Employment Guarantee Council to discharge the functions, and perform the duties, assigned to it by or under this Act. (2) The headquarters of the Central Council shall be at Delhi. (3) The Central Council shall consist of the following members to be appointed by the Central Government, namely:-- (a) a Chairperson; (b) not more than such number of representatives of the Central Ministries including the Planning Commission not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India as may be determined by the Central Government; (c) not more than such number of representatives of the State Governments as may be determined by the Central Government; (d) not more than fifteen non-official members representing Panchayati Raj Institutions, organisations of workers and disadvantaged groups: Provided that such non-official members shall include two chairpersons of District Panchayats nominated by the Central Government by rotation for a period of one year at a time: Provided further that not less than one-third of the non-official members nominated under this clause shall be women: Provided also that not less than one-third of the non-official members shall be belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the Other Backward Classes and Minorities; (e) such number of representatives of the States as the Central Government may, by rules, determine in this behalf; (f) a Member-Secretary not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India. (4) The terms and conditions subject to which the Chairperson and other members of the Central Council may be appointed and the time, place and procedure of the meetings (including the quorum at such meetings) of the Central Council shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government.

Title: Functions and duties of Central Council

Description: (1) The Central Council shall perform and discharge the following functions and duties, namely:-- (a) establish a central evaluation and monitoring system; (b) advise the Central Government on all matters concerning the implementation of this Act; (c) review the monitoring and redressal mechanism from time to time and recommend improvements required; (d) promote the widest possible dissemination of information about the Schemes made under this Act; (e) monitoring the implementation of this Act; (f) preparation of annual reports to be laid before Parliament by the Central Government on the implementation of this Act; (g) any other duty or function as may be assigned to it by the Central Government. (2) The Central Council shall have the power to undertake evaluation of the various Schemes made under this Act and for that purpose collect or cause to be collected statistics pertaining to the rural economy and the implementation of the Schemes.

Title: State Employment Guarantee Council

Description: (1) For the purposes of regular monitoring and reviewing the implementation of this Act at the State level, every State Government shall constitute a State Council to be known as the ......(name of the State) State Employment Guarantee Council with a Chairperson and such number of official members as may be determined by the State Government and not more than fifteen non-official members nominated by the State Government from Panchayati Raj institutions, organisations of workers and disadvantaged groups: Provided that not less than one-third of the non-official members nominated under this clause shall be women: Provided further that not less than one third of the non-official members shall be belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the Other Backward Classes and Minorities. (2) The terms and conditions subject to which the Chairperson and members of the State Council may be appointed and the time, place and procedure of the meetings (including the quorum at such meetings) of the State Council shall be such as may be prescribed by the State Government. (3) The duties and functions of the State Council shall include— (a) advising the State Government on all matters concerning the Scheme and its implementation in the State; (b) determining the preferred works; (c) reviewing the monitoring and redressal mechanisms from time to time and recommending improvements; (d) promoting the widest possible dissemination of information about this Act and the Schemes under it; (e) monitoring the implementation of this Act and the Schemes in the State and coordinating such implementation with the Central Council; (f) preparing the annual report to be laid before the State Legislature by the State Government; (g) any other duty or function as may be assigned to it by the Central Council or the State Government. (3) The State Council shall have the power to undertake an evaluation of the Schemes operating in the State and for that purpose to collect or cause to be collected statistics pertaining to the rural economy and the implementation of the Schemes and Programmes in the State.

Title: Principal authorities for planning and implementation of Schemes.

Description: (1) The Panchayats at district, intermediate and village levels shall be the principal authorities for planning and implementation of the Schemes made under this Act. (2) The functions of the Panchayats at the district level shall be— (a) to finalise and approve blockwise shelf of projects to be taken up under a programme under the Scheme; (b) to supervise and monitor the projects taken up at the Block level and district level; and (c) to carry out such other functions as may be assigned to it by the State Council, from time to time. (3) The functions of the Panchayat at intermediate level shall be— (a) to approve the Block level Plan for forwarding it to the district Panchayat at the district level for final approval; (b) to supervise and monitor the projects taken up at the Gram Panchayat and Block level; and (c) to carry out such other functions as may be assigned to it by the State Council, from time to time. (4) The District Programme Coordinator shall assist the Panchayat at the district level in discharging its functions under this Act and any Scheme made thereunder.